Scarlet Knights hold off Tigers

Scarlet Knights hold off Tigers

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Scarlet Knights hold off Tigers

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Despite a late surge by Dover, the Morris Hills boys basketball team was able to hold on for a 57-47 victory over the Tigers on Tuesday.

“We’re really starting to play well together and turning it on the second half of the season,” Morris Hills senior guard Matt Szkola said. “We shot well from the free throw line, I thought tonight, and rebounding. We just executed better I think down the stretch.”

Szkola hit a 3-pointer to put the Scarlet Knights up 45-29 with 6 minutes 35 seconds to go in the game. Dover responded with a 4-0 run to get within 45-33 with 4:47 left.

Up 49-36 with 3:40 to play, the Tigers (6-8) went on a 5-0 run to get within eight, 49-41 with 2:08 to go. Dover then fouled on every one of Morris Hills’ possessions. Senior forward Joe Enchautequi came off the bench and hit a 3-pointer to pull Dover within 51-44 with 1:28 to go, and junior guard James Quiles managed to score another three points, but time ran out for the Tigers.

“We definitely have fight, just not enough time to get it all done,” Dover coach John O’Hara said.

Senior guard Brian Walls went to the line five times in the final two minutes and made 7 of 10 free throws down the stretch for the Scarlet Knights (8-9). Toohey went to the line once and made 1 of 2.

The Scarlet Knights sank 14 of 21 free throws while the Tigers only managed to go 6 of 21.

“The game plan was to win, at all costs,” O’Hara said. “We wanted to get this to solidfy the states, and it comes down to free throws. Free throws win games. We can’t have that, and rebounding, we got out-rebounded so we just played our hearts out but sometimes you have to get those free throws to win games.”

Toohey agreed that the Tigers’ missed free throws helped the Scarlet Knights stay ahead.

“That gave us a big edge, them missing their free throws and we capitalized on it,” Toohey said.

Szkola scored a game-high 15 points and Walls contributed 12. Junior Matt Walls had 10 points and Toohey scored nine points, all on 3-pointers. For the Tigers, senior guard Joseph Lopez scored 10 points and freshman guard Dwayne Brown had eight.

“We’re not deep at all, we have five or six guys that we play and I think maybe fatigue came in but also their on-shooting, they made their free throws,’ O’Hara said. “We ran the floor well at times, communicating as a team, we’re coming together as a team more and more and trying to get them to gel. We have young guys and we can take that away from this.”

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